Friday, July 6, 2007

Summer weekend reading...

The War, the Unreported Progress, and Perspective:
Michael Yon, embedded reporter, has a new installment of photos and reporting on the Battle for Baqubah and Operation “Arrowhead Ripper." There are some "graphic" descriptions but it is well worth reading.

Escape From New York by Brendan Miniter reflecting back on the rough goings during the Revolutionary War for our troops and General Washington.

Immigration, Democracy, and Language:
We Need To Talk by Peggy Noonan on the English language and its central place in America. An excerpt:
... "We speak English here. It's a great language, luckily, a rich one. It's how we do government and business. It's the language of the official life, the outer life, in America. As for the inner life of America, the language of the family, it would be just as odd to change longtime tradition there, which has always been: Anything goes. You speak what you came over speaking, and you learn the new language. Italian immigrants knew two languages, English and Italian. They enriched the first with the second--this was a great gift to all of us--and wound up with greater opportunities for personal communication to boot. Talk about win-win. And so with every group, from every place.

But in a deeper sense, we should never consider devolving from one national language down into two, or three, because if we do we won't understand each other. And we're confused enough as it is."

This is Democracy by Thomas Sowell... his reflections on the latest immigration legislation wars and the vital role of the voice of the people.

The Scriptures and finding Christ:
Michael Horton, on reading and understanding the Bible, presents an insightful and helpful article. Jesus Christ's own words on the topic set the stage: ... Jesus declared, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life" (John 5:40)

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